Exhibition Runs: August 8th to September 30th, 2012
Closing Reception: September 20th, 7-8PM
At the UAS +15 Gallery
Stack Mimetics enacts it’s presence through applied surfaces and expressed materiality. Exploring the cultural logic of mimesis within the sphere of sub-cultural identification, the work is manifested as selected woodland camouflage patterns, applied with specific technical processes onto composite materials and aggregated into stacks. Alluding to the notion of “fitting in”, whether it be into the terrific/terrifying natural Alberta wilderness or into the subsequent aesthetics of one’s own branded identity, Stack Mimetics presents the opportunity for reflection into how we chose to mimic the objects and entities that surround us, and the cultural logic of mimesis and camouflage as it is derived from the basis of an archaic survival process.
Stephen Nachtigall is a Calgary based artist whose work focuses on the contemporary paradox of the actual and the virtual from his point of view as a “Net Native” and also a native to the foothills of the Alberta Rockies. After studying sculpture and completing his BFA at the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2011, Stephen has been establishing his practice within the Calgary arts community, participating in group exhibitions such as BYOB Calgary, Return to The Dollhouse for the Truck Gallery, and The Works at Untitled Arts Society. His work has also seen online exposure on blogs and websites such as vvork.com. Some of his most recognized achievements include an installation entitled Electric Lettuce at Sled Island in June 2011 as well as receiving the Board of Governors award during his time at ACAD.
Exhibition Runs: September 5th to 8th, 2012
Reception: Saturday September 8th, 7-10PM
On the Barewalls
This is the artist’s first solo exhibition. A group of paintings are based on color exploration and emotional expression. The artist has developed her strength and passion through the years of practice and various experiments with oil paint. Combining ancient Chinese calligraphy to abstract expressionism, she creates her own style and technique which translate on her paintings.
Sandy was born in Hong Kong. She acquired the art of Chinese Calligraphy in her childhood, which continues to influence her paintings today. Graduated from the University of Calgary with a BA and BFA in 2005, Sandy absorbed Western art practices which gave her the confidence to express freely on her canvas. Her works have been collected privately and selected by organizations for exhibitions over the years.
Exhibition: August 10-September 1, 2012
Opening Reception: August 10, 7-10pm
At the UAS Satellite Gallery
I am an artist and a writer and a performer.
You are a viewer and a reader and a participant.
Of course, I can't truthfully speak for you, but I do anyway. I'm sorry for that.
I am interested in these three mediums (writing, drawing and performance) as being methods to expose a psychological process or psychological beliefs. Conveying abstract concepts in a visual way is arguably the purpose of contemporary visual art. The purpose of my art practice runs parellel to this: My work is a physical manifestation of a psychological process. As with any process, it is a narrative. Each piece of art is connected to a larger narrative, just as each psychic tangent connects to a larger psychological framework.
What I have recently discovered in my work is that without a viewer to see the art object, it cannot be activated as a psychological process. In psychology, there is a distinction between an obsessive thought and an obsessive compulsion. In quantum physics, atoms behave differently as a viewer observes them. In some forms of Evangelical Christianity, common belief is that God created humans in order to worship Him. Things change their meanings depending on what is around them. So art objects have meaning dependent on the proximity of the viewer. A viewer is integral to completing the psychological cycle.
Just as a thought without action becomes a memory, without a viewer to experience an artwork, the art becomes a simple object. The viewer completes the cycle.
These ideas do not exist in my mind. All I do is steal from others. Individuals smarter than I come up with an idea that explains some portion of reality. These ideas are then made into books or podcasts or diagrams and I consume. After consumption I create an object or a story or a performance. This is a blind thing--a way to process the process. I am only continuing the cycle of input and output. Ultimately it is up to the viewer to continue said cycle and act upon reality as best they see fit through the culmination of their experiences, just as I have.
Sage Wheeler is an artist living and working in Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2010 with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Drawing and is a member of the Bakery Studio Collective.